Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

family plan

Most of us are born into a family, are raised by a family… But during the course of our lives, we develop another family.  A family of friends and associates. Though the members of our second family may seem to … Continue reading

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Fable of the Monkey King

  THE MONKEY KING Wishing to express his secret self on Halloween the man of aspiration planned to go to the party dressed as a warrior or a king or a warrior-king but the sales clerk said: “Sorry, but it … Continue reading

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fable of the strong fearful woman

For years, our heroine—we’ll call her “Elizabeth” because she likes the name—had struggled to create security for herself. She’d moved to area untroubled by tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes… …then entered well-paid profession that promised future stability.  Her employer—a large but … Continue reading

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why the world spins: an incomplete myth

WHY THE WORLD SPINS At the beginning of our small but heavy planet a woman and a man stood up from the ooze of mud but while the woman examined the curious aspects of her body the man looked all … Continue reading

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stalking the Bigfoot within

Maybe they’re dreaming with eyes open… I’m talking about those who say they’ve seen Bigfoot*. Yes, some are surely pulling our leg (a nice way to say “lying”). However, I believe others actually saw something real.  No, not a physical … Continue reading

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Island of the Lotus Eaters, revisited

I’ve revised a story from Homer’s Odyssey: the brief episode on the island of the Lotus Eaters. First, consider the book version: After Odysseus drops anchor at that island, he sends forth three of his crew to investigate… The three … Continue reading

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not fighting Mercury in Retrograde

Recently, while watching a program on the mysteries of the Universe, I began to wonder… …when is the next Mercury in Retrograde period? The scientists on that program would certainly say: Mercury in Retrograde is bunk.  During those three-week periods, … Continue reading

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